Dog Swim Days 2016 – Swimming Pools Go to the Dogs

During the dog days of summer dog swim days are held at public swimming pools and water parks across the country, usually as the pools are closing for the summer and before they’re drained. Dog Swim Days are the one time of the year when dogs are welcomed to dog paddle, fetch and play in the pool.



Mountain Home, AR
Dog Pool Party
August 14, 2016
Mountain Home Swimming Pool


Cameron Park, CA
Pooch Plunge and Laps at the Lake
August 13, 2016
Cameron Park Lake Lagoon



Arvada, CO
Dog Swim Day
August 14, 2016 at two outdoor swimming pools – Lake Arbor and Seacrest

Aspen, CO
Doggie Day at the ARC
September 3, 2016
Aspen Recreation Center

Boulder, CO
Dog Dayz
September 19, 2016 through October 2, 2016
Scott Carpenter Park Pool

Greeley, CO
Discovery Bay’s Doggie Day
August 27, 2016
Discovery Bay Waterpark

Longmont, CO
Dog Swims at Roosevelt Pool
August 16, 2016
Roosevelt Activity Pool

Denver, CO
Dog Daze at F-15 Pool
September 10, 2016
F-15 Pool

Parker, CO
Barker Days
September 10, 2016
H2O’Brien Pool




Rocky Hill, CT
Dog Day at the Pool
August 23, 2016
Elm Ridge Outdoor Pool

Wethersfield, CT
Annual Dog Swim
August 20, 2016
Mill Woods Swim Pond


Deerfield Beach, FL
K9 Water Festival
October 8 and 9, 2016
Quiet Waters Park

Hollywood, FL
K9 Water Festival
October 1 and 2; October 15 and 16, 2016
Castaway Island Water Park

St. Petersburg FL
Dog Swim Day Fossil Park
August 13, 2016
Fossil Park Pool
St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation

Tampa, FL
Annual Doggie Paddle
Early November 2016
Copeland Pool



Pine Mountain, GA
Dog Splash & Luau at the Liberty Bell Pool
September 10, 2016
F.D. Roosevelt State Park


Lava Hot Springs, ID
6th Annual Dogapoolooza – Open Swim for Dogs
September 10, 2016
Olympic Swimming Complex

Nampa, ID
9th Annual Pooch Party Stoll & Splash
August 27, 2016
Lakeview Park


Rochelle, IL
Pooch Plunge
August 18, 2016
Spring Lake Pool

Rockford, IL
Dog Days of Summer
August 13, 2016
Northeast Family YMCA


Franklin, IN
Doggie Pool Day
September 10, 2016
Franklin Family Aquatic Center

Jeffersonville, IN
Pooch Plunge
September 10, 2016
Jeffersonville Aquatic Center



Ankeny, IA
Pooch Paddle Dog Swim
August 25, 2016
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

Des Moines, IA
Doggie Dive
August 21, 2016
Aquatic Center and Pool

Dubuque, IA
Doggie Dip
August 14, 2016 at Sutton Pool
August 27, 2016 at Flora Pool

Marshalltown, IA
6th Annual Dog Days of Summer Doggie Dip
August 15 and August 16, 2016
Marshalltown Aquatic Center

Norwalk, IA
We Have Gone to the Dogs (Dog Swim)
August 24, 2016
Norwalk Aquatic Center


Hays, KS
Dog Swim
August 20, 2016
Hays Aquatic Park

Lawrence, KS
Pooch Plunge
September 6, 2016
Outdoor Aquatic Center

Lenexa, KS
Tails on the Trails Dog Swim
August 13, 2016
Ad Astra Pool

Pittsburgh, KS
10th Annual Dog Swim
August 22, 2016
The Pittsburgh Aquatic Center



Lexington, KY
Doggie Paddle
September 10, 2016
Woodland Aquatic Center

Louisville, KY
3rd Annual Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Calypso Cove Aquatic Facility

Winchester, KY
Dog Swim
August 6, 2016
College Park Gym, 15 Wheeler Ave.



Troy, MI
Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Troy Family Aquatic Center

West Bloomfield, MI
Pooch Plunge
August 27, 2016
Family Aquatic Center

Ypsilanti, MI
Annual Dog Swim
September 10 and September 11, 2016
Rolling Hills Water Park


Chevy Chase, MD
Annual Dog Swim
End of Summer
Somerset Pool

Ocean Pines, MD
Doggie Swim
September 10, 2016
Mumford’s Landing Pool


Northfield, MN
Dog Swim
September 2 and September 3, 2016
Old Memorial Pool


Starkville, MS
6th Annual Dog Paddle
August 6, 2016
Moncrief Park Pool


Cape Girardeau, MO
Doggy Swim Day
September 25, 2016
Cape Splash Family Aquatics Center

Columbia, MO
Pooch Plunge
September 2, 2016
Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center

Ellisville, MO
Pooch Plunges
September 8 and September 10, 2016
EDGE Aquatic Center

Kansas City, MO
Dippin’ Dogs & The Springs
September 10, 2016
Springs Aquatic Center

Kirkwood, MO
Dog Pool Parties
September 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (all dogs)
September 8, 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. for dogs 25 pounds and smaller; 6:00-7:30 p.m. for all dogs.
The Kirkwood Aquatic Center

O’Fallon, MO
Pool Paws Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

St. Charles MO
Dog Swim
August 8, 2016 or August 11, 2016
McNair Aquatic Center


Lincoln, NE
Dog Splash 2016
August 21, 2016
Star City Shores

Omaha, NE
Doggie Dips 2016
August 7, 2016 at Lee Valley Pool
August 10, 2016 at Cryer Pool
August 14, 2016 at Gallagher Pool


Wildwood, NJ
Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs”
September 11, 2016
Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers


Avon Lake, OH
11th Annual “Big Splash” Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Avon Lake Municipal Pool

Bellefontaine, OH
Dog Day at the Pool
August 14, 2016
Hoffman Municipal Pool

Brook Park, OH
Annual Dog Swim
August 20, 216
Alice M. Hassing Waterpark

Hinckley Township, OH
Dog Paddle and Pet-A-Palooza
August 28, 2016
Cleveland Metroparks Ledge Pool

Independence, OH
Dog Swim & Fun Day
September 10, 2016
Independence Outdoor Pool

Lakewood, OH
2016 Lakewood Dog Swim
September 6, 2016
Foster Pool at Lakewood Park

Mason, OH
Dog Day
September 11, 2016
The Beach Waterpark

Shaker Heights, OH
Doggie Dip
September 10, 2016
Thornton Pool

Willowwick, OH
Dog Dayz Swim at Manry Pool
August 17, 2016
Manry Pool


Broken Arrow, OK
Pooch Plunge
August 14, 2016
Nienhuis Aquatic Facility

Stillwater, OK
4th Annual Pooches in the Pool
August 14, 2016
City of Stillwater Municipal Pool


Allentown, PA
Doggie Dips
August 27, 2016 at Mack Pool
September 7, 2016 at Jordan Pool

Boyertown, PA
6th Annual Yip & Dip Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
The Boyertown Community Pool

Elysburg, PA
Doggie Dive
September 11, 2016
Knoebels Amusement Resort

Finleyville, PA
5th Annual Labor Day Dog Swim
September 5, 2016
Mineral Beach

Waynesboro, PA
7th Annual Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Northside Pool


Charleston, SC
Dog Day Afternoon
September 10, 2016 – Splash Island Waterpark at Palmetto Islands County Park
September 11, 2016 – Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Park at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park

Greenville, SC
Doggie Pool Party
September 17, 2016
Greenville Community Pool

Greenville, SC
Waggin’ at the Waterpark – Otter Creek
September 24, 2016
Otter Creek Waterpark

Simpsonville, SC
Waggin’ at the Waterpark – Discovery Island
September 10, 2016
Discovery Island Waterpark


Sioux Falls, SD
Check website for date
Laurel Oak and Terrace Park Family Aquatic Centers

Spearfish, SD
Doggie Swim
September 6, 2016
Spearfish Rec & Aquatic Center


Bedford, TX
Dog Splash /2K-nine
September 10, 2016
Bedford Splash Family Aquatic Center

Cedar Hill, TX
Paws in the Pool-ooza
August 13, 2016
Crawford Park Pool

El Paso, TX
8th Annual Dog Day Swimming
September 10 and September 11, 2016
Nations Tobin Aquatic Center

North Richland Hills, TX
Doggie Beach Bash
September 24, 2016
NRH2O Family Water Park

Garland, TX
11th Annual Dog-A-Pooloza
August 20, 2016
Holford Community Pool


Garland, TX
Wags and Waves
September 10, 2016
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark

Grapevine, TX
Doggie Dive-In
September 10, 2016
Pleasant Glade Pool

Lubbock, TX
K-9 SplashFest
August 14, 2016
Clapp Pool

Mesquite, TX
Doggie Splash Day
August 13, 2016
Vanston Pool

New Braunfels, TX
Doggie Dip Day
September 11, 2016
Landa Park Aquatic Complex

Odessa, TX
2016 Pet Splash
August 7, 2016
Sherwood Aquatic Center

Rowlett, TX
2016 Pooch Plunge
August 14, 2016
Wet Zone



Provo, UT
Puppy Paddle Pool Party
September 3, 2016
Provo Recreation Center

Sandy, UT
Dippin’ Dogs
September 17 and September 24, 2016
Alta Canyon Sports Center


Essex Junction, VT
If I Could Only Paddle Like a Doggy
August 28, 2016
Maple Street Pool


Abingdon, VA
Coomes Center Doggie Swim Day
September 17, 2016
The Coomes Center

Alexandria, VA
Annual Doggie Day Swim
September 16, 2016 for dogs 25 lbs and under – Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center
September 17, 2016 for dogs 25 lbs and up – Old Town Pool

Fredericksburg, VA
“Doggone” Pool Party
September 10, 2016
Loriella Park Pool

Harrisonburg, VA
Dog Days Dog Swim
August 28, 2016
Westover Pool

Lovettsville, VA
Loettsville Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Lovettsville Community Pool

Norfolk, VA
Dogs Gone Swimming 2016
September 17, 2016
Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center

Williamsburg, VA
Drool in the Pool
September 10, 2016
Chickahominy Riverfront Park


Seattle, WA
Dog Swim
September 25, 2016
Madison Pool

Tacoma, WA
Pooch Pool Party
September 10, 2016
Stewart Heights Pool


Appleton, WI
Doggie Day at the Pool!
August 20, 2016
Mead Pool

Eau Claire, WI
Doggie Swim Fest
September 5, 2016
Fairfax Pool

Menomonie, WI
Dog Swim at Wakanda Water Park
September 3, 2016
Wakanda Water Park

Milwaukee, WI
12th Annual Labor Day Doggy Dip
September 5, 2016
Cool Waters in Greenfield Park


Sheridan, WY
Dog Swim
August 27, 2016
Kendrick Park Pool




5 Fun and Safe Travel Tips For Taking Rover on the Road

Written by:  Amber Kingsley

When we think about hitting the road with our four-legged best friend, we often imagine the stereotypical dog with his head sticking out the window, his tongue and ears flapping in the wind. But this is actually very dangerous, aside from the possibility of being struck by a flying object, this also puts your animal at risk for health hazardous like an upper respiratory infection.

 Driving is not without risk, but it can also be very rewarding, for both you and your pet. Keep in mind these tips for when you hit the open road with your animal:


#1 – Feel the Heat

While we all know not to leave a dog alone in a hot car, not even for one minute, sometimes we forget about other sources of heat, like sidewalks and pavement.  On a typical summer’s day, when the outside temperature reaches 95℉, concrete sidewalks can heat up to 125℉ and black asphalt roadways can reach a blistering 140℉. More than uncomfortable, at these temperatures your animal is at risk for a serious burn. Take a moment to feel the surface where your dog will be walking in the summertime before you take them out for a walk.

#2 – Recreation for Them

Just like searching for pet-friendly lodging, look for recreations spots to take your dog to unwind while you’re out on the road. Other than rest stops, search for other places your pet might enjoy like dog-friendly beaches, parks, even some restaurants have outdoor dining areas that allow animals. Google these destinations that are along your route and just like any other member of your family and traveling companions, your dog will enjoy some of their favorite places.

#3 – Beach Blanket Bingo

When you do stop for some time at the coast, be sure to bring a blanket and source of shade for your dog to enjoy. Along with plenty of cool, fresh drinking water, your dog needs a place of relief from the hot sand and sun. Don’t forget those dog toys.

for a great day of fun and play at the beach with your buddy

for a great day of fun and play at the beach with your buddy

#4 – Click It or Ticket

Just like our two-legged passengers, some states have laws requiring animals be restrained while traveling in vehicles. Some places forbid drivers from having a dog riding in their lap while behind the wheel and others can issue a citation for distracted driving involving a dog inside your car. In any event, be mindful of laws that can vary from location to location.

#5 – Events & Exercise

There’s a relatively new exercise-related dog event that’s been picking up steam lately and traveling around the country – dock diving. In case you’re unfamiliar with this growing trend, a number of different clubs and organizations take their mobile pools and docks out on the road and challenge area dogs and their owners to this competition. Usually chasing a toy and aiming for a target, these four-legged athletes are judged for distance and height while running down a dock and diving into the water.

Whether you wait until a competition comes to a city near you or hit the road for participation out of town, this is an excellent way to enjoy the great outdoors. So get mobile with you mutt and have a good time with your dog.

Take Your Dog Out to the Ballgame – Dog Friendly Baseball Games 2016

For these special events, a section of the stands is reserved for people and their dogs.Bark in the Park - Atlanta Braves


  • Kansas City Royals – Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers
  • Specific areas have been set aside for this event in Sections 206-208 and 107-108 for dogs and their owners that day.
  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, April 23, 2016
  • Washington Nationals vs. Minnesota Twins
  • Bring your furry four-legged friend to Nationals Park in 2016! Purchase a discounted ticket for you, your family and you favorite family pet and support the Washington Humane Society.
  • Atlanta Braves – Sunday, April 24, 2016
  • Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets
  • All canine tickets must be purchased with a human ticket. Fans with two or more dogs must have an additional “owner” accompanying the additional canine. Each canine ticket includes a Braves leash!
  • New York Mets
  • New York Mets – Tuesday, April 26, 2016
  • New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds
  • Sit together with fellow dog lovers in designated Coca-Cola Corner seats. A portion of the dog ticket and of the human ticket will benefit North Shore Animal League America. Dogs will only be allowed in the Coca-Cola Corner at Citi Field. Arrive early to the Bullpen Gate with your game tickets to participate in the Dog Parade (weather permitting).


      • Arizona DiamondbacksSunday, May 1, 2016
      • Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies
      • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ new dog friendly patio welcomes dogs at all 13 of their Sunday home games.


    • Cincinnati Reds
    • Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
    • Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants
    • Ticket packages available for dogs and their owners with pet activities, samples and more in the Kroger Fan Zone.
    • Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
    • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
    • Miller Lite Rooftop seating is reserved for dog owners and their pets with fun activities planned for both dogs and owners. Limit 1 dog per person per game.


  • Texas Rangers
  • Texas Rangers – Saturday, May 14, 2016
  • Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays


  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, May 14, 201
  • Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves
  • New York Mets – Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • Pittsburg Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics
  • Bark at the Park requires the purchase of one Dog Ticket and one Human Ticket. A special Bark at the Park entry gate will be located at the west end of the Left Field Gate near The Glove statue. There will be “comfort stations” for dogs in various locations throughout the designated Bark at the Park areas, as well as a waste disposal management team.
  • Washington Nationals
  • Washington Nationals – Friday, May 27th the Cardinals
  • Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • San Diego Padres
  • San Diego Padres – Thursday, June 2, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners
  • Up to 500 dogs will be permitted and an advance application is required. Get there early for a parade with your pooch around the Petco Park warning track and other pregame events!
  • Miami Marlins – Sunday, June 5, 2016
  • Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 7, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets
  • Cincinnati Reds – Thursday June 9, 2016
  • Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • Washington Nationals – Monday, June 13, 2016
  • Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
  • St. Louis Cardinals – Saturday, June 18, 2016
  • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers
  • Fans with a special ticket will be allowed to bring their dog to a designated section of the ballpark.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 21, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Saturday, July 9, 2016
  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres
  • Fans that purchase a special event ticket in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion are invited to bring their dogs to the park. Arrive early so you and your furry friend can join the pregame Pup Parade on the field!
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, July 19, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • San Diego Padres – Monday, August 1, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 9, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres
  • Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, August 9, 2016
  • Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers
  • San Francisco Giants – Sunday, August 21, 2016
  • San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets
  • San Diego Padres – Monday, August 22, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 23, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros
  • Cincinnati Reds – Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers
  • Houston Astros
  • Houston Astros – Sunday, August 28, 2016
  • Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays
  • San Diego Padres – Monday, September 5, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Boston Red Sox
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
  • Washington Nationals – Thurs, September 8, 2016
  • Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
  • Chicago White Sox – Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
  • Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • Atlanta Braves – Sunday, September 18, 2016
  • Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals
  • San Diego Padres – Monday, September 19, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • New York Mets – Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 27, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, October 1, 2016
  • Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
  • Washington Nationals




Flying Your Pet By Private Jet

By: Doug  Gollan, ForbesLife


Upcoming seasonal delays (“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a line of thunderstorms across the entire Midwest and a ground stop at all New York-area airports”), combined with sweltering heat on the tarmac, often lead commercial airlines to restrict transport of pets. And while airlines point to a minimal number of pet casualties, for an owner, dogs and cats are often like family members, so the potential pitfalls can be scary. What’s more, there are increasing fees and limits to the number of pets that can be accommodated on a single flight.

Recently, I asked several private aviation companies and experts about policies for flying pets both with and without their owners. Keep in mind, when booking private jets, you aren’t always dealing with the actual operator of the plane. Charter brokers typically source planes from a network of operators who fly the aircraft, although operators will also market their own aircraft and source others on a charter basis as needed.

A spokesperson for XOJET was more excited about flying pets than unaccompanied children (more on that in a future story), noting, “We definitely go above and beyond to ensure our furry friends are well taken care of.”

The company, which operates its own fleet in addition to sourcing third-party jets from a partner network, has both rules and recommendations when it comes to pets. One reminder is to make sure Fido has proper vaccinations and customs documentation relevant to the passenger’s destination (Hawaii, for example, has strict quarantine restrictions). As with humans, safety comes first: “The main (rule) is that they are on a leash at all times to and from the aircraft, on the ground, and in the air,” the representative says, adding, “All large pets must occupy a seat and cannot block the aisles or emergency exits.”

The safest way for a dog to fly is with a body harness, not a neck collar, states the official. Small dogs and cats should be in a carrier that is also affixed to a seat belt during takeoff and landing and does not block the aisle. Large pets are counted as passengers due to their weight.

privatejetpetfriendly3Carol Martin, founder of airPA, a company of flight attendants specializing in flying pets privately, recommends pet owners purchase top-of-the-line harnesses for their animals. Martin mentions the brand Ruffwear specifically. She says that while there are not any certified tests of pet harnesses for airplanes, she evaluates them based on automobile usage. “There’s no sense strapping in your pet, and then having it slip or choke.”

In terms of pets traveling alone, XOJET says clients can request to have their pets flown alone, and then a cabin attendant must accompany the pet. NetJets, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway that operates fractionally owned jets and sells prepaid cards granting access to its planes, requires that for takeoff and landing pets be in a carrier and stowed in an internal baggage area or be secured in their own seat. Pets may not occupy the same seat as a passenger. Further, multiple animals may be secured in unoccupied passenger seats provided their combined weight does not exceed 150 pounds. Like on XOJET, animals secured on the floor may not obstruct any aisle or exit or access to any aisle or exit. Wheels Up, which offers private air travel via a membership system, “doesn’t have stringent rules for flying pets except that they must not be aggressive or able to interfere with the pilots command of the plane,” says COO David Kaufman. He adds, “So dogs generally (need to be) on leashes, birds in cages, cats in cage during take-off and landing,” noting that being able to fly pets is “very often a reason people choose to fly Wheels Up.”

Ricky Sitomer, CEO of Blue Star Jets, a broker that doesn’t operate any aircraft, says, “We work for the client…so we go and find an aircraft that will take the pet and give the customer the various options.” Clearly outlining who or what will be traveling when making a booking is critical. He notes that restrictions can extend beyond operators to the owners of each aircraft. “Maybe no pets. Maybe no red wine. Maybe no smoking,” he elaborates. Carol Cork, co-founder and sales & marketing director of PrivateFly, another broker, says, “Most private jets allow domestic pets on board, [however] the owner may on occasion ask for the aircraft to be cleaned afterwards.”  Clive Jackson, CEO and founder of Victor, which also sources aircraft from operators, says that it builds profiles for customers, including pet travel, so that it only gives options with pet friendly providers. Pets and pet preferences are included in the manifests provided to the aircraft operator. Martin agrees that it is critical to make sure the operator knows you will be traveling with pets, the type, and how many, so there is no chance of confusion on departure day.

As part of her service, Martin also brings pet oxygen masks and life vests, “so that they have all of the resources a human would.” She and her colleagues are Red Cross-certified in pet first aid, and she has had the opportunity to use her training, performing the Heimlich maneuver on a dog that was choking in flight.

privatejetpetfriendly2According to Martin, the size of an aircraft is not important, but there are a number of pre-flight steps owners can take to make their pet’s trip happier. If the pet is going to fly unaccompanied, she recommends getting the pet acclimated to its crate in the weeks leading up to the trip. Place the crate at home in a location the pet normally hangs out, putting in favorite blankets and toys. Martin also advises not to worry about your pet drinking or eating on the plane, as pets can fly domestic-length flights without fear of dehydration. She does recommend a light meal and normal walking routine prior to the trip. As pets get excited by flying, she shares a tip to keep them calm: Provide the crew favorite music to pipe in the cabin, or send along an iPod with speakers that can be set up near your pet.

Typically Martin travels with the pet owners, “so they can enjoy the flight without worrying their pet is going to tear up the plane.” In addition to more traditional pets, she’s flown with ferrets, snakes, spiders, falcons, and goats. Her company operates on the same daily fee structure as contract flight attendants, which is $500 for domestic and $600 for international, plus expenses.

On the fun side, Martin puts together a specialized pet amenity kit with toys and treats and serves her pet passengers meals designed to look like human eats. “Everyone has a laugh,” she says, noting that all her company’s flight attendants also have culinary training related to pet palates.

Once you’ve worked out the logistics, Fido is going to be one happy and lucky dog. The XOJET spokesperson adds, “Rules aside, our onboard service is well tailored to our four-legged flyers, including blankets and dog treats.” As one last tip, Martin recommends a tablet filled with episodes of Meerkat Manor. “I’ve honestly never met a dog that isn’t entertained for hours by watching a bunch of meerkats run around,” she says.

Pet-Friendly Vacations in Ventura County West, California

dog-friendly Ventura Beach CA

Ventura Beach Pier

Let’s face it, our pets are part of the family. And when families go on vacation, that means their four-legged friends are coming along for the fun. VenturaCountyWest has a growing list of hotels, restaurants and attractions that make dogs feel right at home.

More than 20 hotels, inns and RV parks in Ventura County West welcome pets. One is the Ventura Beach Marriott. “The Ventura Beach Marriott has been a pet friendly property for the past eight years,” says Alissa Van Keuren, the hotels director of sales and events.

“More and more guests are choosing to travel with their furry friends,” says Van Keuren. “Our front desk offers a list and a map of local dog-approved parks and walking trails. The chef at our Pacifico Restaurant created a special menu for pets so everyone can enjoy their lunch or dinner. Guests with pets dine in our Visions Gallery, a beautiful sunlight space adjacent to the restaurant and lobby, or they can dine outdoors in our Tropical Courtyard by waterfalls and a koi pond.”

Other Ventura County West pet-friendly lodging include Baymont Inn & SuitesHilton Garden InnResidence Inn by Marriott Camarillo and Best Western Camarillo Inn in Camarillo, Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge and Best Western Oxnard Inn in Oxnard and Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach and Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn. Pets are welcome at Evergreen RV Park in Oxnard and Ventura Beach R.V. Resort in Ventura.

When your group gets hungry, there is no need to leave your pet behind. Take your dog to one of the over 40 restaurants in Ventura County West that are dog friendly. Stop by The Way Point Cafe (your pooch will enjoy the views of the airplanes landing and taking off from the adjacent Camarillo Airport),

dog-friendly restaurant Camarillo CA

Waypoint Cafe, Camarillo Airport

Beach House Fish on the Ventura Pier in Ventura (the pier is perfect for a dog walk)

dog-friendly restaurant Ventura Pier CA

Beach House Fish, Ventura Pier

and The Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar in Channel Islands Harbor.

dog-friendly restaurant Oxnard CA

The Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar, Oxnard

“Our restaurant has been pet-friendly since we opened in September 2013,” says Steve Buenger, co-owner of The Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar. “Guests can take advantage of the pet-friendly dining patio on a nice afternoon or evening.”

Roxie, a yellow Labrador, is a big part of The Waterside. “She’s our hostess on most weekends and has a station right outside the front door, complete with a nice padded bed and water bowl,” says Buenger. “We recently celebrated her ninth birthday with a party. Guests came with presents–and their dogs.”

The Waterside, like most restaurants, has rules patrons must follow when bringing their dog to the restaurant. Dogs cannot be on the table or on their owner’s lap. They cannot eat off a plate or drink from a glass and servers are not allowed to touch the animals while working. Dogs must be kept on a leash and within reach of their owner.

Dogs (and kids, for that matter) want to be outside while on vacation. Take your canine and family on an excursion along the beachfront walking path stretching from Ventura to Oxnard or to Grant Park, high above the Ventura-Oxnard coastline. Dogs are welcome on beaches and in parks including  Surfer’s PointMarina ParkHarbor Cove and Promenade Park. Dogs have to be leashed and owners must clean up after their dogs.

dog-friendly boat rentals

Hopper Boat Rentals

If your dog has sea legs, head to Hopper Boat Rentals at Fisherman’s Wharf in Oxnard and rent a motor skiff. You and your dog can cruise the Channel Islands Harbor. Want to shop with your dog? No problem. The Camarillo Premium Outlets with its 160 specialty and discount stores is dog friendly. Dogs are allowed in the common areas of the mall. Dogs must be well behaved, leashed, and under their owner’s control at all times.

“Retailers such as Splendid | Ella Moss leave water bowls outside so Fido can stay hydrated and cool while walking the center,” says John Best, General Manager of Camarillo Premium Outlets. “Each individual store has its own policies as to whether pets can come inside. Many allow pets as long as they are held by their owners.”

For nice harbor views while you shop, take your dog to Ventura Harbor Village. There is lots to see for both owner and dog plus many of the restaurants and shops at the harbor accommodate pets. Come in summer when there are free outdoor concerts. Dogs are always welcome.

For a list of pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, parks and beaches in VenturaCountyWest, go to .

Bringing Your Dog To Mallorca, Spain

Written by: Hollie Mantle

If you’ve decided to expatriate abroad and live life as the envy of friends and family back home, one of the trickiest parts of the decision can be exactly how to bring along your furry friend.

First off there’s the struggle finding pet friendly accommodations, then there’s choosing an area with decent walks, on top of dealing with all the documentation. It can be a very time consumptive process that most of us dread.


A one way trip is generally much easier than bringing your pet two ways, as the UK quarantine system can be very strict. Having the correct documentation in order before you set off will make life much easier for the both of you once you arrive. To get your pet the EU passport he or she will need for the journey, you’ll need to complete the following stages:


  1. Sort your pet out with a microchip.
  2. Get him or her vaccinated against rabies and ensure your vet provides you with documented proof.
  3. Apply for a pet passport with an Official Veterinarian.
  4. Treat your pet for parasites.

The process for getting an EU pet passport can take as long as six months, so make sure you prepare well in advance. Your kitten or puppy will need to be 3 months old before traveling.

Travelling by Ferry

 The ferry journey is generally considered to be easier on pets, especially those not in the peak of health. Most of the ferry companies provide reasonable facilities and kennels and will allow you to visit your pet during the journey.

Acciona Trasmediterranea is one of the more commonly used companies for the journey between Barcelona and Majorca. The cost per pet is 15 euros, with an extra 5 needed to secure a padlock for the kennels. This journey takes around seven hours in total, but you will be permitted to take your pet for a walk on the deck, and visit it as often as you wish during this time. Please do note, however, that you will be expected to provide food and a water bowl.

Travelling by plane

Each airline has their own individual policy on flying pets across the water. Low budget airlines are less likely to permit even small dogs, and will generally only budge for guide dogs. Other companies will charge fees depending on the size of your dog, and it can be very expensive. Pets ride with the cargo, which can make some animal owners uncomfortable. Companies such as Animal Airlines, however, organise flights where you do not have to be parted from your pet, but these do come with an accompanying large price tag.

Information by area:



Hotel Can Pastilla welcomes pets at reasonable rates; just 15 euros per day per pet or 10 euros per pet if they weigh in at under 4 kilos. Hotel Horizonte also has a pet-welcome policy and will allow you to bring your furry friend along for 10 euros for small dogs, and 20 euros for larger dogs (prices per night). Pets are not permitted to enter the restaurant or pool area in either of these hotels.


The French Coffee Shop is renowned for being pet-friendly and serves an array of fantastic pastries, breads, and provides easy parking close by. Bon Lloc in Palma (Calle Saint Feliu) is a vegan restaurant which sources all of its food locally and allows pets to wander freely. They have a daily changing 4-course lunch menu.

Beaches and walks

Animal beach near Palma is pet-friendly, (although, despite the name, does not widley advertise this fact). If you’re looking for nature walks, Dog Hiking Majorca organizes dog and owner charity hikes around the island, and they check routes beforehand to ensure you’re not stepping foot on dog-unfriendly territory.



Iberostar Albufera Park in nearby Playa de Muro comes highly recommended, as they provide beds, food bowls, toys and also guides on local walks; saving you some extra luggage space. Holiday Apartments Ses Dalies is another good bet if you’re going to be taking your time hunting for somewhere more permanent and don’t fancy having to eat out for your meals.


There aren’t any specifically dog-friendly bars and restaurants to note in this area, but a general rule of thumb is that if a cafe or restaurant has an outside seating area or terrace, it’s unlikely they will turn you away if your dog is well behaved and you speak to the waiting staff.

Beaches and walks

The more well-known pet friendly beach on the island is Pollenca in the north near Alcudia. Some visitors to the area complain that the designated pet area is slightly on the small side, but there are benches and a shaded tree area, so if you’re looking to play catch or let your pet run around while you have a relaxing break, this is the best place to take them. Other than that, dogs will generally be prohibited except on the promenades.

Alcudia is brimming with historic ruins that will make your walks around the area more exciting (at least for you, if not your pooch). The Roman City of Pollentia, located to the south of the historical quarter, is one place you’re both guaranteed to enjoy exploring whilst getting a taste of life in 1st century AD with the roman theatre and ruins of roman houses.

Cala Millor

Hotelscala millor

A few hotels in the area which are notably pet-friendly are the Hiphotels chain (such as the Hiphotels Bahia Grande Aparthotel), or the Sentido at Playa del Moro and Saturno hotel. Bringing pets will incur a surcharge but this is very rarely anything above 20 euros for larger dogs.

Beaches and walks

There are no animal-designated beaches in this area. Instead, you might try Punta de n’Amer or, where you can find similar terrain for your pet to enjoy in the nature reserve that surrounds the beautiful 17th century watch tower situated there. For information about other suitable nature areas in this area, check here for more details.


It is not uncommon to see people in the area with dog beds under the tables in restaurants, and the attitude to dogs is generally very relaxed.

One last thing… The word for pet in Spanish is animales domésticos or mascota. Best of luck!

Ever experienced bringing a pet to Majorca? Let us know!





The Road, the Camp and the Walk: Travel Gadgets for Your Dog

Written By:  Luke Rees

dog caravanTravelling with pets can be a daunting prospect: to add to the stress of navigating the roads and finding suitable food and accommodation, you’re also stuck looking after an unpredictable, and sometimes unwelcome, travel companion.

Nevertheless, a pet is part of the family and you wouldn’t want to leave them behind whilst everyone else is away having fun! For those who can’t bear to leave their furry friend at home or at the kennel, here are seven cool gadgets to keep your pet entertained and safe.

In the Car

Sleepypod’s Clickitsleepypod

A dog is one of the family, therefore why wouldn’t you want your furry buddy to be just as safe as a human during a long car journey? The Clickit Utility dog safety harness provides that peace of mind.

Named the 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness in a collaborative study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses in vehicle collisions, the design is a similar concept to the three-point seatbelt, but with broad padded vest to keep your dog comfortable.

The price varies between $89 and $99 depending on the size of your dog.

HomeoPet Travel Anxiety Reliefhomeopet

If you’re dog often gets sick during long journeys then this homeopathic remedy could be the solution. The non-sedating liquid provides temporary relief from motion sickness, fear of travel including cars, boats, trains, and airplanes.

It can be used to treat vomiting, drooling, panting, restlessness and other unwanted behaviours associated with travel, and costs around $16.

 At the Campsite

Taking your dog camping or caravanning can be a great experience: you get to show them the real outdoors and are likely to create some wonderful lasting memories.

Mark Bebb, managing director of Salop Leisure, a West Midlands caravan dealership, loves to take his dog Pepper with him on camping holidays and has some valuable advice: ‘Dogs are the perfect camping companion, but you need to prepare them for the trip. Dogs become stressed easily when faced with unfamiliar surroundings and so set up the tent in the garden, or spend a night in the caravan before you go, just to get your dog comfortable with the prospect of camping for real!’

The Rein Coatrein coat

Dogs can be easily spooked, especially when in unfamiliar surroundings, and this product provides a little extra comfort whilst they’re away from home.

When a puppy is under the care of his dog mother, the mum will lift the puppy off the ground in order to calm him down. The Rein Coat is designed to replicate this experience: the loose fitting coat triggers oxytocin to be released in your pet’s brain, which reduces fear and anxiety.

This is a great one to bring out if there’s ever a thunder storm in the tent! Prices range between $60 and $150.

Sleepypod Warmerwarmer

If you like to camp or caravan with your pet, the nights can often get a bit chilly. For those who prefer to not have to snuggle up to their furry friend for warmth, the Sleepypod is a low wattage warmer designed to maintain a toasty 102°F (39°C) all night long.

It’s completely sealed and so perfectly safe when damp inside, and also comes with various international plug adapters. This means you can travel the world in your caravan or RV, and you’re furry buddy will never catch a cold! Price comes in at $64.99.

Wi-Fi Pet Monitor Camerapet monitor

Ever wondered what you’re dog gets up to after hours? Through a wi-fi connection, the Motorola Scout 1 Wi-Fi Video Pet Monitor Camera provides two-way communication, allowing you to hear and speak to your pet remotely whilst in different compartment of your caravan or RV.

It displays the room temperature and provides alerts if it’s too hot or too cold for your pet and can also play soothing music if they’re having trouble relaxing. The free app that goes along with it also allows you to record video and take snapshots of your pet’s embarrassing nightly antics!

Get yours for around $80.

Out and About

FFD Fou-StickFFD

Pet skin isn’t quite as tough and protective as many people think. Although stronger than human skin, paws can still become chapped in cold weather, or burnt on hot ground.

If you’re planning on travelling anywhere with an extreme climate it might be worth bringing along a stick of FFD Pet Balm for extra protection. The Fou-Stick rubs on like any other moisturizer and protects paws from snow, salt and sleet and can also help with dry chapped noses.

Get them for just $4.99.

Dog Tracker Plusdog buddy app

It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare to lose their dog whilst on a walk – the chances of doing so are also increased when travelling in unfamiliar surroundings. The Dog Tracker Plus is one of the best pieces of technology for ensuring peace of mind – it’s even been tried and tested by the armed forces!

The collar is fitted with a GPS device which can be tracked from an app on your phone. If you’re dog goes out of sight you can use the app to see their exact location, speed and direction of travel, allowing you to see exactly what they’re up to. Set electronic boundaries and never let your dog be led astray by any curious smells, or squirrels!

See here for details on pricing.

Dog Buddy Free – My Dog File App

This free app is essentially your doggie diary. Available for iPhone and iPod Touch, Dog Buddy allows you to record the milestones of your dog’s life, add pictures, and also track your dogs’ weight veterinary, medications, vaccinations and allergies.

You also don’t need to be connected to the internet to browse information, post updates or even add photos from your travels, and so you can share pics of your dog wherever you are. Remember, dogs are social animals too!


Luke is a travel writer from London. He owns a black Labrador who he occasionally takes camping in the woods – she’s an awesome companion!